We are big fans of the PUR DS-1800Z Water Dispenser. When it comes to form and function, this product is close to flawless. It does most of the heavy lifting that you expect from a water filter, while also being convenient and well designed for storage in your refrigerator. It’s also easy to use. After installing the filter, simply load it up with water and put in the fridge! Did we mention that it’s also highly affordable?
The PUR DS-1800Z 2-Stage Water Dispenser reduces more contaminants than any other pour-through filter, including heavy metals like lead, copper, and zinc. It also filters out chlorine and chemicals that have been linked to cancer, such as benzine. In addition, it removes odors and bad taste and filters out 99.99% of harmful microbial life, like cryptosporidium and giardia.
Considering how poorly designed some pour through filters and dispenser are, the PUR DS-1800Z 2-Stage filter is a sight for sore eyes. It has a slender design that easily fits in both refrigerators and sinks. Purified water does not have to mean that you lose all the space in your fridge! There are handles that make it easy to carry and there is a filter life gauge that tells you when a filter needs to be replaced.
The filters are long lasting (roughly 2 months or 40 gallons worth of water typically) and when you do need to replace them you can buy a two pack for roughly $10. Maintenance of the PUR DS-1800Z 2-Stage Water Dispenser is also straightforward. Simply clean it out with mild soap and a dry towel.
While this is really an all star product, there are a few things to note before purchasing. First of all, it does not rapidly filter water. If you fill up the entire top tray of water, give the filter a good fifteen minutes to work its magic. The dispenser is large and once the water is filtered, you won’t need to refill it for a while.
Another thing to consider is that the PUR DS-1800Z 2-Stage Water Dispenser does not filter out fluoride from tap water. It is our opinion that fluoride is not harmful in the quantities found in U.S. tap water. If you feel differently, you should look at buying a different filter.
Overall, this is an incredible product. It is affordable, effectively removes contaminants, foul odors and bad taste, and it’s also easy to maintain and store. If you are not looking to invest in a more expensive home system or counter top water filter option, this is the water filter for you. Check it out on Amazon.com.
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